When my children were small and naughty, there were times when I was hard pressed for ideas to help them express their frustrations with limits they tested daily. Providing them with a secure, consistent, structured environment was important to David and I.
One day, while browsing B.Dalton for more children's books, I happened on Where The Wild Things Are. Sitting down, I read it cover to cover, and bought it. Here was the perfect vehicle for dealing with childhood frustrations concerning discipline.
Maurice Sendak, using classic simple language, creates a magical tale of a little boy and what happens when he's sent to his room. The boy, upset that he's been sent off, creates a magical world of friendly monsters who (unlike his parents), respond to his imperious command: Be Still! The monsters are not frightening, but loveable and rather slow. They get up to all sorts of adventures with the child, until at last, tiring of it all, he goes home to his room. Where he finds a snack waiting, and realizes how very much he is loved.
This is a wonderful book. We used it to open up important dialogue with our children, while reading the story. I highly recommend Where The Wild Things are for children ages 5- as old as 8.